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Bones of Iron Age Warriors Show Signs of Mutilation

The bones showed signs of being scraped, presumably to remove any leftover flesh. The bones were then sorted and disposed of in a bog. Archaeologists suspect that it was ” a kind of ritual closure of the war.”

A skull of an Iron Age warrior discovered in a bog in Denmark shows signs of battle. Credit: Ejvind Hertz, Skanderborg Museum. Via Live Science

A skull of an Iron Age warrior discovered in a bog in Denmark shows signs of battle.
Credit: Ejvind Hertz, Skanderborg Museum. Via Live Science

via Live Science:

The bones of dozens of Iron Age warriors found in Denmark were collected and ritually mutilated after spending months on the battlefield, archaeologists say.

At least six months after the soldiers died, their bones were collected, scraped of remaining flesh, sorted and dumped in a lake. Some were handled in a truly bizarre manner; for instance, four pelvises were found strung on a stick.

“We think it’s a kind of ritual closure of the war,” said Mads Kähler Holst, project manager at the dig and head of the department of archaeology at the Moesgård Museum in Denmark.

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Man Make ‘Cowasaki’ Motorcycle Out of Animal Bones

Pic: Ron Moore (CC)

Pic: Ron Moore (C)

Meet Florida artist Reese Moore. The former snake wrangler and whale trainer (Yes, really.) creates art out of animal bones. He calls his latest creation Cowasaki. You can have it for $55,000. No idea if it’s street legal. Incidentally, Moore has never ridden a motorcycle.

You know it’s a good story when it starts with a guy at Froggy’s Saloon wanting some dinosaurs…

Via The Daytona News Journal:

If you come across a dead animal, it’s likely Reese Moore is willing to take it off your hands.

What started out as a way to create Halloween decorations for his children has made Moore into one of the more unique motorcycle manufacturers in the nation. Of course, his creations don’t run and their parts don’t either — at least not anymore. For more than a decade, the Orange City resident has been making choppers out of animal bones.

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Colorado Police Find Human And Animal Bones Used In Occult Rituals

occultThis is why you should never look in Grandpa’s shed. The Denver Post reports:

Lakewood police are investigating what they suspect are human and animal remains believed to have been used for occult worship.

Officers were called on Oct. 17 to the 1200 block of Kline Street where a cleaning crew hired made the discovery, said Steve Davis, Lakewood police spokesman. The bones were found in a shed, along with candles, bottles, chains and a crucifix.

The former owner of the home left the country in 1998 and has since died, police said. Investigators talked to people who knew the man, including at least one family member, who indicted he was an occultist, Davis said.

“It’s all very strange,” Davis said.

The items in question in the shed were extremely soiled, covered in multiple layers of dust and appeared to have been undisturbed for more than 15 years.

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Police Investigating Human Bones On Altar Found In Los Angeles Home

A spot of worship of the Saint of Death, constructed with human body parts found on eBay? NBC News reports:

Some of the bones and a skull found Sunday in a Pasadena backyard are human, the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office has confirmed. A man who left the house Monday said that his sister’s family had found the bones for sale on eBay, and that she purchased them for religious reasons.

Police said they were pursuing a trespasser when they spotted bones atop the outdoor altar. Steer horns and other animal bones were visible, along with the human bones, candles and incense.

Studying images of the statues on the altar, Andrew Chesnut, PhD, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and expert on Latin American folk religions, said: “What caught my eye was that [it] was obviously primarily an altar to Santa Muerte, the Saint of Death…whose cult has been mushrooming both in the United States and Mexico over the past decade.”

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Bones Grow In Woman’s Eye Following Cosmetic Anti-Wrinkle Stem Cell Procedure

Leap into stem cell revolution without caution, and strange things can happen. Via Popular Science:

Stem cell surgery, in which stem cells from a patient’s body are transplanted into some other part of the body, is gaining in popularity. One patient in Los Angeles found out the hard way that the surgery is largely untested and unregulated.

Stem cells are sometimes used for anti-aging purposes, the idea being that they’ll turn into brand-new tissue and help heal aging cells nearby. But her doctors also used a dermal filler largely made of calcium hydroxylapatite, which happens to trigger stem cells to turn into…well, bone, rather than new tissue.

The woman is recovering nicely, but it’s a really fascinating story of how powerful and potent stem cells are–and how we need to be careful with how we use them in these early stages of stem cell use.

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Archaeology Being Undermined By Fake Fossils Of Imaginary Animals

Could your favorite ancient animal species not be real? Via the Archaeology News Network:

Fake fossils are duping scientists and museums, a senior paleontologist has warned, after a scholar was forced to retract a controversial essay that stated the cheetah originated in China.

According to Li Chun, associate researcher at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, counterfeits are now widespread and have become a serious risk to genuine study projects. “I believe many scholars are victims of fake fossils,” he said, before estimating that more than 80 percent of marine reptile specimens on display in Chinese museums “have been altered or artificially combined to varying degrees”.

Li’s alert follows the debunking last month of an essay co-authored by Huang Ji, a Chinese scientist, and Danish researcher Per Christiansen in 2008 about an alleged new species of cheetah.

“Probably to make it appear more complete, thus enhancing its commercial value, Chinese fossil dealers makes numerous fake fossils.

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Churches Made Of Human Bones

Inhabitat takes a tour of Europe’s historic churches built out of bones, including Poland’s Czermna Chapel below. Why was this a recurring trend? Either because clergy and architects imagined that vast, towering walls comprised of human remains would put people in the right humble mindset, or they simply were short on building materials yet had loads of human skulls handy.

Bodies from victims of the Thirty Years’ War and the Silesian Wars adorn the Czermna Chapel in Poland. Built in 1176 by a local priest, bones surround visitors on the walls, and stretching in skull and crossbones over the ceiling- only they are real bones and not pirate décor. Builders of the chapel are especially honored- their skills can be found in the center of the chapel and placed on the altar.

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